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Tax Info and Alerts for Tax Year 2020


Recovery Rebate Credit (Stimulus/Enconomic Impact Payments):
Claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit applies if you did not receive the full amounts of both Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments. Click Here for information on claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit.

First Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payment - Most eligible taxpayers have received their first Economic Impact Payment. If you didn’t get the full amount of that Payment, you may be eligible to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 federal tax return.

For additional questions regarding the Second Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payment, visit the Questions and Answers about the Second Economic Impact Payment page.


Avoid Tax Scams: The IRS will never:
-Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.

-Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

-Demand the you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

-Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.  For more information on tax scams, please see Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts. For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious emails and Identity Theft.

See Avoid scams: Know the facts on how the IRS contacts taxpayers for more information.


Steps to Speed Refunds During Pandemic: To speed refunds during the pandemic, the IRS urges taxpayers to file electronically with direct deposit as soon as they have the information they need. The IRS will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns on February 12th.

Note: Under the PATH Act, the IRS cannot issue a refund involving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) befoe mid-February. The law provides this additional time to help the IRS stop fraudulent refunds and claims from being issued, including tax identity thieves. The IRS anticipates that the earliest taxpayers will begin receiving refunds that include EITC and ACTC is the first week of March, if filed electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with the tax return.


Key Filing Season Dates: Below are the important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year's filing season:

-February 12. IRS begins 2021 tax season. Individual tax returns begin being accepted and processing begins.

-February 22. Projected date for the IRS.gov "Where's My Refund" tool being updated for those claiming EITC and ACTC, also referred to as PATH Act returns.

-First week of March. Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns.

-April 15. Deadline for filing 2020 tax returns.

-October 15. Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns.


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